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ZTE Nubia X8 and X8 Mini cross TENAA dressed in metal

ZTE Nubia X8 and X8 Mini cross TENAA dressed in metal

When it comes to Chinese made devices, often the first glimpse we get of them is when they land at TENAA for certifications needed to go on sale. Such is the case with a pair of new devices from ZTE called the Nubia X8 and Nubia X8 Mini. The Nubia X8 is model number NX523J and has a 6-inch display with full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution.

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HTC 10 in Camellia Red will be exclusive to Japan

HTC 10 in Camellia Red will be exclusive to Japan

The HTC 10 was finally unveiled this week, and in an unexpected surprise the phone is shaping up to be a top-tier Android flagship. Along with high-end specs and support for Apple AirPlay, the HTC 10's camera has been ranked as on-par with the recent Galaxy S7 Edge from Samsung. When the phone was announced, it was showcased in three colors: Carbon Gray, Glacier Silver, and Topaz Gold — but it turns out there's a fourth option, Camellia Red, that will be exclusive to Japan.

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Refreshed Amazon Fire HD 8 spotted at GFXBench

Refreshed Amazon Fire HD 8 spotted at GFXBench

Amazon has just finally revealed the latest iteration of its Kindle e-book reader. The somewhat odd Oasis has seemingly left some hung up, or even disappointed, on its price tag and it seems Amazon isn't done making people scratch their heads. Seen on the benchmarking site GFXBench is an unexpected Amazon tablet, believed to be a slightly revamped Fire HD 8. And though this new model does seem to upgrade some parts, it also shows some downgrades in some other areas as well.

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HTC 10 in the US available only in 32GB, has a discount code

HTC 10 in the US available only in 32GB, has a discount code

The HTC 10 might be off to a good start, but already HTC is revealing its warts, slowly and piecemeal. Jeff Gordon, a.k.a. urbanstrata on Twitter and HTC senior manager for global communications, is replying to eager inquiries on the social network and, along the way, is revealing some curious and disappointing tidbits about the flagship smartphone, like, for example, its lowly IP53 rating. And perhaps to the dismay of the US market, Gordon reveals that the US won't be getting the 64 GB model at all.

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LG Rolly Keyboard 2 gets unfurled in South Korea

LG Rolly Keyboard 2 gets unfurled in South Korea

Some products are just so weird that perhaps you don't expect them to get a successor. Like the curved Samsung Galaxy Round. Or LG's rollable Bluetooth keyboard. Well, scratch that last one. LG has just indeed unveiled the follow-up to one of last year's most unique Bluetooth keyboards. But rather than just a repeat of the original, the LG Rolly Keyboard 2 finally adds a dedicated row of keys for numbers and special functions, as well as a handy small tab to help unroll the keyboard.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 update brings in Vulkan, fixes galore

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 update brings in Vulkan, fixes galore

The SHIELD Tablet K1 may just be a more affordable, stylus-less version of the original SHIELD Tablet, but that doesn't make it a has-been in any way. In typical NVIDIA "good Android citizen" image, the tablet is getting a new update, not to Android N preview of course, but at least some parts of it. In particular, NVIDIA is rolling out support for the fledgling Vulkan API just as it did with the SHIELD Android TV console last February. The update also brings a ton of fixes to the gaming tablet.

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Android N version 2 is released – here’s how to get it

Android N version 2 is released – here’s how to get it

With the Android Beta program in full effect, users are receiving the 2nd edition of the Android N Developer Preview this afternoon. This version of the Android N operating system update includes several awesome features that will change the way users use Android, starting with Vulkan. As a member of the Khronos group, Google has helped develop the 3D rendering API known as Vulkan - with this update comes support for this next-generation draw-call heavy applications - GPU power ahoy! This update also enables launcher shortcuts for quick-steps into different points within a given app.

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Meizu PRO 6 detailed and released at last

Meizu PRO 6 detailed and released at last

Today the Meizu PRO 6 has been revealed with a 3D Press display and a 10-core processor under the hood. This device runs Meizu's custom version of Android, Flyme - like most Meizu devices do, and rolls with a 5.2-inch display with Full HD resolution and Super AMOLED technology for extra-sharp and color-correct images all day long. If this device's quality is anything like the past few releases from Meizu, it's going to be a real battle-ready piece of machinery to take on Apple and Xiaomi in China, without a doubt.

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Who killed BlackBerry OS? Android or the iPhone?

Who killed BlackBerry OS? Android or the iPhone?

In an interview this week BlackBerry CEO said "I love our handset business, but we need to make money." He was speaking with The National, where he also confirmed that there were, as the publication put it "no plans to launch new devices running the operating system" - the operating system being BlackBerry 10. Meanwhile the company would continue to support and release updates for the operating system for the time being. So whose fault is this?

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How to Activate Minecraft online for Android

How to Activate Minecraft online for Android

This morning the folks at Mojang have activated Minecraft Realms on Android - in Alpha mode. That means it's probably going to be broken when you play it - but you get to play it early! How neat will that be, playing a game well before it's made its final release? Never did that on Minecraft before I bet, right? This release comes as a side-update to Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android, but you're going to need to go through a short process to make the activation official. Then you'll be online, chopping trees to your heart's delight.

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Snapdragon 652 HTC 10 Lifestyle the only choice for some markets

Snapdragon 652 HTC 10 Lifestyle the only choice for some markets

HTC might have just unveiled a champ, but not everyone in the world will be able to enjoy it. The HTC 10 definitely has a lot to flaunt but in some markets it will be a bit more modest. The rumored variant of the flagship running on a less powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 turned out to be real and is called, almost ironically, the HTC 10 Lifestyle. But unlike most variants, this one won't actually be a choice, as some markets like India will only have the Lifestyle model available and not the full HTC 10.

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Google Calendar can schedule your goals for you

Google Calendar can schedule your goals for you

Google has just announced a feature that would have seriously been useful about four months ago. A particular school of productivity says that you only put in your calendar items or events that have a definite of fixed time. However, not all things we want to accomplish are one off tasks, and not everything is really a recurring item. These activities usually come under the label of "goals", you know, like New Year's resolutions. Finally, Google Calendar now has support for setting, accomplishing, even delaying those pesky goals.

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